Stevenage Roof Leak Detection

Flat Roof Leak Detection Stevenage
Commercial Flat Roof Inspections

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  • Non Destructive Solution
  • Accurately pinpoint your leak
  • 99% Success Rate
  • Prevents further damage to your property

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The Importance Of Identifying Flat Roof Leaks Quickly

Your flat roof is vital as it protects the structure and the content of your building from the weather. However, flat roofs have a higher risk of leaking than sloped roofing, and if not dealt with promptly, even a minor leak can become a major problem very quickly. A leak in your flat roof can lead to multiple water entry points, which can cause serious damage to your property and the contents. Our roof leak detection specialists can inspect your roof to identify the source of the leak quickly and prevent costly repairs and replacements.

Flat roofs can leak due to many factors including, poor installation, inadequate maintenance, or exposure to severe weather. Flat roof leaks are caused by many factors such as cracked flashings, blocked gutters and punctures from fallen objects.

It’s important to remember not all roof leaks can be easily detected without the help of experts with the right tools and experience. A good roofing plan can keep your roof in great condition for a long time, and routine professional roof inspections are a good way of identifying any minor leaks before they become a more serious problem.

Our team provides both commercial and residential roof leak detection services throughout Stevenage as well as the entire Hertfordshire region, including Old Town, Symonds Green, Rush Green, Little Wymondley, St Pauls Walden.

Are you the owner of a flat-roofed building that leaks?

Electronic Flat-Roof Leak Detection Specialists

We are an independent UK flat roof leak detection company, who specialise in third-party electronic leak detection and integrity testing of all types of flat roofs and structural waterproofing membranes.

Our Stevenage roof technicians can test any type of flat roof, both residential and commercial, throughout the Hertfordshire area. They can quickly locate the entry point by using non-destructive flat roof electronic leak detection techniques including low voltage earth leakage testing, differential pressure vacuum testing, high voltage dielectric electronic integrity testing, drone surveys & thermal imaging. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like for a leak detection survey. After your flat-roof survey is completed, you will receive a complete Health and Safety Plan and Risk assessments, as well as Method Statements. These together make up an extensive O&M Manual.

Integrity Testing For New Flat, Green And Blue Roofs

All flat roofs that are new have to comply with NHBC Chapter 7.1, Flat Roofs, Terraces, and Balconies, as well as British Standard 6229, 2018 (Flat Roofs With Continuously Supported Flexible Waterproof Coverings, Code of Practice).

It is important to visually inspect and electronically test the waterproofing integrity of roofing membranes before they are overlaid. Any potential flaws in the membrane must be corrected and then the membrane should be retested before being overlaid, in accordance with NHBC Chapter 7.1.9 (Green Roofs & Propriety Roofs).

Premier Guarantee Structural Warranties take it one step further. The waterproof membrane must be checked for integrity before applying any other components, as per section 7.11.15.2 under “Roof Coverings –Green Roofing” section 7.111.11. The testing should be done by a third party, who is not related to the roofing contract.

An inspection of all roof penetrations will be performed and the roof will be surveyed. This includes an inspection and assessment of all roof penetrations, terminations, mounts for equipment, roof membrane conditions, parapet wall coping and perimeter flashing.

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Every job is unique and we have the knowledge and experience to deal effectively with all types of roofs and customer needs. All our roof surveys follow the requirements of all major UK warranty providers as well as British Standards, The Property Care Association, and CIRIA.

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It Is Vital To Detect A Leak Quickly For Property Protection.

  • Preventing Structural Damage - Water leaks can damage your building’s structural integrity if they aren’t addressed promptly. This could cause costly repairs, or worse, your building may collapse. Early leak detection can save your building’s structural integrity and help to avoid further damage.
  • Mould And Mildew Growth Avoidance- Mold and mildew can have major health effects on the occupants of your building and can be prevented by sealing any leaks in your roof quickly. You can prevent mold and mildew spreading by early roof leak detection.
  • You Can Reduce Repair Costs - The longer roof leaks go unnoticed, the more damage that they cause. This will mean that repairs are more complicated and expensive than if the problem was identified earlier. Rapidly identifying leaks can minimise damage and reduce repair costs.
  • Save On Energy Costs - A roof leak can cause draughts and make it harder to keep your building at a comfortable temperature, which can increase your energy costs. If roof leaks can be detected early it could reduce your energy costs.
  • Lowering Insurance Costs - If your building has a history of water damage, your insurance company may charge you higher premiums. Your insurance premiums can be reduced by finding any leaks promptly and avoiding any damage.

Lowering insurance costs: If your building has a history of water damage, your insurance company may charge you higher premiums. Your insurance premiums can be reduced by finding any leaks promptly and avoiding any damage.

Flat Roof Leaks: Common Symptoms

  • Water stains on the ceiling are the most obvious signs of a leaking roof. These stains can appear in the form of discoloured patches, or even water droplets, and could indicate that there is a roof leak. To find the source of the problem, a professional roof inspector is required, as water spots on the ceiling could also be caused other problems such as plumbing leaks.
  • If a flat roofing is leaking, it may be indicated by peeling wallpaper or paint. When water seeps down through the ceiling and into your attic, wallpaper or paint may peel off from walls. This could indicate a leak. Condensation or high humidity can also cause this problem, therefore, it is crucial that a professional roof inspector assesses your roof for any leaks.
  • Moldy or musty odour could also be an indication of a leaky flat roof. If water is allowed to enter the structure, it can encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which can lead to a musty odour. This could present a significant health risk, and it must be fixed immediately.
  • Condensation inside the roof is another sign of a flat roof leak. Condensation on the roof surface can occur when the temperature inside is higher than outside. This signals a leak. This can also be caused by either inadequate insulation or inadequate ventilation.

Keep in mind, however, that these symptoms may also be caused by other issues, therefore, a professional roof inspection will be required to determine the actual source of the problem.

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Roof Leak Detection FAQs

Why put gravel on a flat roof?

Gravel and pea shingle have two primary purposes on a flat roof; they provide a 'loading coat' and they afford UV protection. As ballast, the gravel will help anchor the material underneath and lower the risk of it being blown off in high winds.

Does walking on a flat roof damage it?

Flat Roofs A flat roof is less precarious than a pitched one, but you still run the risk of damaging the felt and potentially going through the membrane. You're less likely to cause damage on a warm day, and it's generally advisable to lay boards across it to walk on.

What do roofers use on flat roofs?

The most common ones include EPDM rubber, single-ply (TPO, PVC), modified bitumen, built-up roofs (BUR), and spray polyurethane foam. Many homeowners choose either EPDM or TPO. EPDM roofs are affordable and can reach a lifespan of 30+ years.

What is the most common defect in flat roof?

Leaks. Leaks are an all-too-common occurrence in buildings with flat roofs. This is mostly because flat roofs tend to lose their ability to effectively shed water if not properly maintained. Once moisture is unable to drain from the roof, it's just a matter of time before it finds its way into the building.

Should a flat roof hold any water?

Whilst brief and occasional ponding is acceptable on a flat roof, regular or long-lasting ponding could be an indication that there is an issue with the roof that needs to be addressed.

 

 

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